Provincial mountain biking championships to come to Sir Sam’s
By Darren Lum
Published Sept. 3, 2019
Mountain bikers from all over Ontario will be making tracks and looking to be at their best for the upcoming mountain bike provincial championships Sept. 8 at Sir Sam’s Ski and Ride.
This is the final race of the O-Cup, a seven-race series, and the fourth consecutive year the Eagle Lake facility has hosted the event. Children as young as nine will be competing in the championships.
Chris Bishop of Sir Sam’s Ski and Ride said, “being able to host the provincial championships is a feather in our cap and shows that we have the best trails and facility to host this major event. It will again introduce our facility and the Haliburton Highlands to many new riders and family members.”
He expects local riders Nick Emsley and Owen Flood will be competing. They have been racing this season in the senior elite men (19 plus) field of competitors.
After six races, Flood was in 13th position while Emsley was in 27th (having only competed in two races). Flood only sits six points shy of the top-10. Twenty-five points are awarded for a win. Twenty-two for second, 20 for third, 18 for fourth and 17 for fifth and 16 for sixth and so on. The best five finishes of the eight total races are used for the point total.
Included with the provincial competition, there is also a youth race on Saturday, Sept. 7. The start is at 3 p.m. Register online.
From the website (www.superflyracing.com), which is the location for everything related to the O-Cup: “As host of many Provincial Championships, Sir Sam’s Ski and Ride will again host the grand finale on the [country’s] most successful provincial race circuit! This is arguably the best and most exciting course on the circuit – but what isn’t arguable are the stellar accommodations! The Bishop family roll out the red carpet for our riders, treat us to a fun and affordable Saturday night banquet, and provide the best venue on the series!”